Collaborators’ Q&A: Poet Leah Browning: Ira Joel Haber’s artwork picked up on the passion of the moment described in the poem. It embarrasses me a little to say that. There was something restrained about the wording, or at least my intention was to have a certain restraint, but in the moment, yes, there was just a crash of emotion, all these hopes and dreams and expectations spinning out all at once. I think he captured that element of it. Artist Ira Joel Haber: I liked the title under construction. Aren’t we all still construction?
Poet Leah Browning is the author of two nonfiction books for teens and pre-teens (Capstone Press, 2006). A slightly different version of “Under Construction” first appeared in Blood Orange Review, October 2006. Artist Ira Joel Haber is a sculptor, painter, book dealer and teacher who sometimes writes poetry and movie reviews.